Joni Kae Yoder Wadsworth

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 1957
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BURBANK – Joni Kae Yoder Wadsworth, 61, of Burbank passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster.

She was born May 22, 1957 in Yokosuka, Japan, the daughter of Richard A. Sr. and Dorothy J. Lenarz Yoder.  She married Arthur Ray Wadsworth, Jr. on August 30, 1997.  He preceded her in death on February 9, 2016.

She had worked as a registered nurse primarily at Union Hospital in Dover and the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster and several other places.  Joni was a member of the Wayne Presbyterian Church.  She loved to farm, garden, watch television and spend time with family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Yoder of Wooster; a brother, Richard A. (Linda) Yoder, Jr. of Ashland and a nephew, Andrew R. Yoder and a niece, Lauren Kae Yoder; step-children, Tim (Lecia) Wadsworth of Tiffin, Craig (Joyce) Wadsworth of Malvern and Amy Wadsworth of Hanoverton; 4 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father.

Friends will be received on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2-4:00 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster and 1 hour prior to the service on Monday.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Noon with the Rev. Bob Meyer officiating.  Burial will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville at 1:45 p.m.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Memorial Contributions: 

Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2-4:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the time of the service on Monday


Monday, April 29, 2019 at Noon at the funeral home


Your going to be missed. Let your light shine bright until we see each other again!

Anyone that has ever known Joni has been touched by her light. She was so bright,funny,and curious. I will always remember her hilarious stories. I know she is with God and teaching the angels to sing the "We We Shu" song !Joni will be missed.

Much sympathy to all Joni's family and friends. Joni was a gem! I will so miss her beautiful smile at church and singing with her in ensemble.

I was so sad to hear that Joni was gone. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I was her roommate for 2 years at Kent State....and only saw her s few times after leaving school. Life is too short.

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